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Hi I'm Adia

I'm a wife, mother, and an aspiring artist. I'm a convert. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. I am a fiber artist and textile designer. I am a strong willed, highly opinionated woman. I work hard to take care of my family and their needs, and I work hard to find fulfillment in my own personal endeavors. I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I strive to learn of my history and the history of my people. I look to educate myself on black history and I incorporate it into my artwork. I am very proud to be a bi-racial woman. I love my heritage. I love my skin. I love the history that accompanies it. I like to make my own clothes. I like growing and cooking my own food as much as possible. I like to talk. I believe in achieving your goals. I don't believe in obstacles; everything can be overcome. I live in a big city that I love to explore. I love to travel.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17 I had just started a new life. I had literally run away from a house filled with abuse and I was finally beginning to deal with the impact that had on my life. I met a boy and his family. I loved them and they loved me. They invited me to their home. I spent all my free time there as I felt the love they had for one another and the peace that accompanied them in their home. It was new to me. One day they invited me to church and I accepted, but told them I would not be getting baptized. But when i went to church i felt peace and happiness. I felt comfortable, something I had never felt in a church before. The next week was General Conference and I went to their home to watch the prophet speak, not realizing who he was at the time. I found it interesting and continued to go to church with them. One day they invited me to speak to the missionaries. i accepted, not realizing who or what they were. As the missionaries taught me I felt as though the things they taught me were things I already believed, or knew, or felt familiar some how. I read and prayed and went to church. The whole time I learned from them I felt peace. I felt as though I understood. Nothing seemed strange or odd. Nothing seemed scary or like I shouldn't be talking to them. Nothing told me that I was doing something wrong. I prayed and fasted and finally one day, nine years ago, I was baptized. That day i felt a joy and peace unparalleled to any other. I felt clean and whole. I knew instantly that I had made the correct decision.

How I live my faith

Now I live my faith by doing the best I can to live in a way that I feel is pleasing to my Heavenly Father. I am the second counselor in the young women's presidency. I feel so blessed to have this calling. I find that it is a special responsibility and I grateful that my Heavenly Father has trusted me with it. I go to all of my meetings, every Sunday. I try to support my brothers and sisters in their callings, by attending their classes and participating, by going to activities that they have prepared, by helping at service activities they have organized, I go to baptisms, I go out with the missionaries. I try to help my brethren around me by donating food, clothing, goods, and time, whenever possible. I try to teach those around me the skills I have acquired through my studies. At home I strive to read the words of the scriptures daily and pray with my family daily. We spend as much time together as possible. I try to show them love and gratitude every day. Outside of church and family I try to live as an example to my friends and acquaintances that are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I don't swear, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't allow substances into my body that don't belong. I try not to judge and I try to love those around me. I try to work through differences I may have with those around me through discussions. I have a blog that I share my personal experiences, both secular and non- secular. I answer questions that people around me may have. And I accept those around me that may not want to live the standards I live by, and love them simply because they are children of my Heavenly Father, and therefore special.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Adia
To me the proof that God exists is all around us. It does not make sense to me that we would have such beautiful surroundings, that there are so many types of animals, insects, plants, and even human beings if someone had created it. Whenever I see a sunset or the beauty of the clouds in the sky and the images that they create, I know there is a God. As an artist I am a visual person and I feel like there is too much beauty in the world, to be seen, heard, felt, etc., that it couldn't possibly be an accident. In art everything has some sort of purpose, the world that was created for us is the ultimate masterpiece. Everything is here for a reason, serves some sort of purpose, and it took a lot of care and consideration to make it so. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Adia
God is our Heavenly Father. He is perfect, he loves us, and wants us to be like Him. He has a perfected and immortal body, and we were created in His image. He knows each and everyone of us as we are His children. Because we are His children he knows what each of us need in order to become what he knows our potential is. He is mindful of all of His children at all times, and allows us our agency to choose and act on our own. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Adia
Although the church is named The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints many refer to us as Mormons and our faith as Mormonism. This is due to the fact that we use The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. This is a book of scripture that we use hand in hand with the Bible. It testifies and confirms of the truths that are found in the Bible, while teaching us more about the ministry of Christ. Show more Show less